Linux Journal: Trade Practices Act Is Basis for Australian Complaint Against SCO
Jul 30, 2003, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Con Zymaris)
"Open Source Victoria has filed a complaint with the Australian
Competition and Consumer Commission against SCO. The tactic of
using unsubstantiated claims and extortive legal threats to extract
money from millions of Linux users may well be illegal in many
countries, including Australia.
"Darl McBride, CEO of The SCO Group, spun his company's latest
attack on Linux this way: "SCO has found a way to give Linux users
a legal way to run Linux." As if SCO has found a way to do Linux
users a favour!
"SCO's latest action was the recent registration of copyright to
the legacy UNIX SYSTEM V source code, on which the company's
already claimed copyright publicly. Regardless, this in no way
affects Linux. Copyright registration is a simple filing procedure
that formally registers a claim and does not in any way constitute
proof of ownership.
"Although this particular salvo from SCO seems to be one more
round in a possibly long and tedious legal affair, what SCO has
done finally is given average Linux users a chance to raise a
serious legal objection. Here's why..."